Exploding Deficits Imperil U.S. World Commitments

In the late 1980s, some scholars argued that America was in decline. Our economy, they argued, soon would be unable to support our far-flung military commitments, forcing us to scale back. They were wrong. Like everyone else, they simply did not anticipate the Soviet Union’s collapse, which […]

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Thought Leader: Public affairs pros will rejoice or reel after upcoming congressional elections

A mere one-seat change in the U.S. Senate would dramatically transform the world of public affairs in Washington. For the last year, divided government has blocked many major initiatives from passage. With Republicans running the House and Democrats enjoying a one-vote majority in the Senate, President Bush […]

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Voting Isn’t the Be-All, End-All of American Democracy

The upcoming elections will do more than determine the makeup of Congress, statehouses and city councils. They surely will generate another round of hand-wringing about low voter turnout and, in turn, the sorry state of American democracy. In fact, the hand-wringing has already begun. A recent op-ed […]

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Just Scrap the Debt Limit

With Congress engaged in partisan warfare over whether to raise the federal debt limit, jeopardizing the government’s ability to pay its bills in the coming days, lawmakers should take a much bolder step: Scrap the debt limit altogether. The debt limit is worse than useless. It’s dangerous. […]

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